The Danville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restrict parking on Las Barrancas Drive near San Ramon Valley High after residents voiced concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety in the neighborhood.
Parking is now not allowed from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. on school days on the residential street, which runs from Del Amigo Road north to Danville Boulevard.
"I worry constantly about the safety of my neighborhood and my girls," Las Barrancas Drive resident Karen Picht told the council. "Is it going to take someone, like my girls, to get seriously hurt, or worse? Are you willing to take that chance? I certainly am not. I don't want to react after the fact. I want to do the right thing (now)."
In all, roughly two-dozen citizens spoke to council members during a three-hour discussion Tuesday night at the Town Meeting Hall.
Town officials were weighing three options under consideration after neighborhood residents filed a petition in April asking for parking restrictions, traffic-calming measures and parking permits.
The other options presented by town staff were for the council to deny the parking requests or defer action in order to allow more time to evaluate the high school's student carpool program and work with school district officials on long-term strategies.
Many of the people in attendance Tuesday night were Las Barrancas residents who supported the ultimately approved parking restrictions. Neighbors' concerns included safety, decreased home value, property damage, and limited parking space for guests and service vehicles.
Supports of denial or deferral included high school parents and students, which included several members of the San Ramon Valley High student body association.
Some deferral advocates expressed frustration with the San Ramon Valley school board's handling of the campus parking situation, arguing that restricting parking would simply push the problem onto another neighborhood street instead of solving the issue head-on.
In the end, council members opted to approve the school-day parking restrictions, which are similar to limitations they established in February for part of Glen Road -- another neighborhood street located near San Ramon Valley High and adjacent Del Amigo High.